It is indicative of the times that Putin would be making forays into South America. That is the price of a disorderly withdrawal from providing security around the world as the US has been doing recently. The price could be high, if proliferation and enemy military bases around the region follow. Of course Putin says the reactor is for purely peaceful purposes. But that was the story in India, Pakistan and Iran too. The developments are worth watching:
"Russia will help build the third reactor of a nuclear power plant in Argentina, Mr. Putin said after meeting with the Argentine president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, here on Saturday.
Both leaders said the nuclear projects would be for peaceful purposes.
Russia also hopes to build bases in Argentina for its satellite system and cooperate over the use of military technology, Mr. Putin said, including the use of Russian planes and helicopters in the sector of Antarctica claimed by Argentina. Russian companies may also take part in the construction of two hydroelectric plants here.
He is also expected to sign a nuclear agreement with Brazil, a Russian official said, and he will hold talks with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil before a meeting next week of the emerging market nations known as the Brics group: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Mrs. Kirchner has accused Western leaders of hypocrisy over Crimea: She said they refused to acknowledge the result of a referendum in Crimea, in which people voted to join Russia, but they did not complain about a similar vote held last year in which residents of a British-controlled archipelago that is claimed by Argentina chose to remain British."